The Resource Records of Eastern State Hospital

Records of Eastern State Hospital

Records of Eastern State Hospital, 1800-1876
Records of Eastern State Hospital
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  • These records are part of Auditor of Public Accounts. Administration of State Government: of State Government - Institutions. State Mental Institutions
  • Records, 1800-1876, including accounts and receipts, lists of patients, pay patient fund accounts, reports, vouchers, and warrants of the Eastern State Hospital located in Williamsburg, Virginia. The bulk of the records relate to the expenses for running and maintaining the hospital and inmates. The accounts and receipts and vouchers, 1803-1876, detail purchases of materials (timber, rail, nails), food (beef, veal, sugar, molasses, butter), salaries of the keepers and doctors, hire of slaves, transportation costs to jailers for bringing patients to the hospital, clothing, repairs to the building, purchase of furniture, and other sundry items. Of note are the oversize pay rolls, 1871 June-November, for officers and employees, including name, job title, and salary. There is much overlap between the accounts and receipts and vouchers so researchers should check all folders for pertinent information
  • Of note are the lists of patients, 1800-1838, which include the patients name, residence, dates of commitment, and some include an inventory and estate value of patients. The Pay Patient Fund, 1858-1862, are accounts for those patients who paid for their own care at the hospital. Also of note are the Reports of the Board of Directors, 1823-1838, to the General Assembly. The reports include financial information as well as names of patients. Also included are warrants, 1858-1862, transferring money from the Auditor of Public Accounts to the hospital
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928) (Search as Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928))
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During its session begun in November 1769, the House of Burgesses passed an act establishing a hospital in Williamsburg for the mentally ill. The Eastern Lunatic Asylum (now Eastern State Hospital) was the first institution in America constructed as a mental hospital. The first patients were admitted in October 1773. By the mid 1960s the hospital had outgrown its location and moved west of Williamsburg. Today the hospital operates as a museum about the treatment of mental illness.
Citation location within source
entry no. 128
Citation source
Auditor of Public Accounts inventory
Records of Eastern State Hospital
Alphabetical by folder title.
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Finding aid
Immediate source of acquisition
Eastern State Hospital, records, 1800-1876,
Type of unit
cu. ft. (10 boxes)

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
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